The BBC has announced that, as many predicted, Peter Capaldi will replace Matt Smith to become Doctor Who's twelfth Doctor Who. Host Zoë Ball revealed the much anticipated news during a half-hour live special that included interviews with Smith and head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Capaldi is best known for playing the profoundly foul-mouthed political operative Malcolm Tucker on the BBC's The Thick of It and the show's very funny movie spinoff, In the Loop. (He also recently played a World Health Organization [W.H.O.] doctor in World War Z, which is cute and funny.) "It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it's been so fantastic," said Capaldi, who identified himself as a "lifelong" Who fan. He also went on to attribute the series' years of success to the fact that "every single viewer…took it into their heart. It belongs to all of us. Everyone made Doctor Who." Capaldi is expected to take up his new role as the Time Lord after Smith makes his final appearance in this year's Christmas special.
Most Viewed Stories
Finally, a Movie About How Amy Adams and Isla Fisher Are the Exact Same Person
Watch All of the Trailers Released at San Diego Comic-Con
Ian McShane Has No Regrets About Spoiling Game of Thrones
Last Week Tonight: Usher, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper and Others Sing ‘Don’t Use Our Song’
On the Set of Jill Soloway’s Next Show, I Love Dick
A Stranger Things Glossary: Every Major Film Reference in the Show, From A–Z
Rihanna Warns Her Audience, ‘I Don’t Want to See You Catching Any Pokémons Up in This B–’
When Did the Media Turn Against Taylor Swift?
Trainspotting 2 Teaser: Still ’Spotting After All These Years
All 151 Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Ranked
Latest News from VultureThe Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: The Days and Nights of Kelly Dodd
God, what a mess of a party!Today in ‘Quit Playing Our Music’ News: Donald Trump Asked to Stop Playing Air Force One Score
Guess his private jet needs its own soundtrack.The Fosters Recap: Disco Lives!
Ugh, Brandon. You may have Greg Brady's perm, but you're totally a Jan.Jack White’s Third Man Records Plans to Go Where No Record Player Has Gone Before
Music loving satellites and extraterrestrials rejoice.Hamilton's Renée Elise Goldsberry to Star in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
She'll be the accidental mother of modern biotechnology.Not Magnificent Enough, Now Chance the Rapper Is Making His Own Music Festival in Chicago
Chance, Lil Wayne, Skrillex, and more will play Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field.Vladimir Putin Is Having a Rough Day Working the Phone for Donald Trump
But Roger Ailes has his own stuff going on.Everything You Missed at the Inaugural 2016 Panorama Festival
This is what the first year of the Coachella organizers' new festival looked like.Did You Catch That Rick and Morty Easter Egg in the Justice League Trailer?
All Rick and Morty need is that portal gun.Sia Lands First No. 1 As ‘Cheap Thrills’ Unseats Drake in the Hot 100
It's the first chart-topper by a woman over 40 since Madonna's "Music."
Back at it again with Rick Famuyiwa.Panorama’s Debut Asked a Lot of Sweaty Festivalgoers, But Offered Even More in Return
The sweltering July heat transformed even the most euphoric of live sets into a war against the weather.The Definitive Proof That Gucci Mane Is Not a Clone
This doesn't mean, of course, that we shouldn't be afraid of replacement at the hands of replicants.In Praise of Barb, the Best Character on Stranger Things
She is obviously the first person to put the words “norm” and “core” together.Alicia Silverstone, Patron Saint of Beverly Hills, Joins Pilot Based on the Life of Real Housewife Kyle Richards
It's a comedy about a single mom in the 1970s.Stranger Things Producer Hopes for ‘Another Few Seasons’ With the Same Characters
Get ready, Dungeon Masters.Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley Trades One Kind of Women’s Prison for Another, Joins The Handmaid’s Tale
From Litchfield to dystopian America.Third Eye Blind Wrote a Song About Police Brutality
“Why’s it so hard to say Black Lives Matter?"Lady Mary Is Heading to the Wild West for Netflix’s Godless
From Steven Soderbergh and Paul Frank.Halt and Catch Fire Updates Its Cast to Include Matthew Lillard
He'll have a recurring role as a Silicon Valley investor.